Sunday went well for the Mets: Jacob deGrom tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, they ended Zack Greinke’s scoreless innings streak, and Juan Uribe hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning. It didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, as there was an intruder in the Mets’ clubhouse weight room. ESPN’s Adam Rubin has the details:
The intruder — a baby raccoon, according to reliever Bobby Parnell — was docile and cooperative and willingly entered a cage.
With Mr. Met, there wasn’t any need to adopt a new mascot, though that certainly would have made for a good narrative.
The Nationals lost on Sunday, so the Mets picked up a game in the NL East, trailing by only two games.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.